Being relegated to the Championship wasn’t fun, but boy was it overdue. Years of mismanagement, inactive ownership and wave after wave after bad signings made dropping a division an inevitability. Despite finding ourselves out of the Premier League for the first time though, Villa fans are actually generally positive, helped in no small part by signings that actually make sense.
I count myself firmly among that group. How refreshing is it to see signings that actually reflect our current position as a Championship team looking to get promotion? Elphick and Chester already look inspired signings, Jedinak will add leadership and grit sorely lacking, and in Ross McCormack, we’ve signed one of the best strikers the league has to offer.
Ritchie De Laet is the latest man in, a man with experience of getting out of this division, and a man who plays in a position we desperately needed to strengthen. Villa fans by and large are very excited about this latest incoming, and credit to the manager and owner for making it happen. When a new man comes in, I think a great place to gauge the type of business we’ve done is by looking at what fans of their former club has to say. Are they happy? Annoyed? Indifferent? Let’s find out here:
— David Jackson (@DMJacko9) August 23, 2016
— John Snashall (@johnsnashall) August 23, 2016
Sad to see him go, but good luck to Ritchie De Laet! Will never forget the important part he played in the #LCFC team over the recent years
— Adam Judson (@ItzJuders) August 23, 2016
£2.5m for De Laet. Can't grumble at selling him for that price. Will always be remembered for his part in our Championship demolition #lcfc
— Tom. (@tommmjennings) August 23, 2016
And a few posts from the Leicester City forum Foxes Talk:
‘He exceeded my expectations and although not a top quality player, he definitely has quality for borderline Premier League football.’
‘Great signing for villa’
‘Was great for us in the Championship but frankly terrified me when he played in the Prem. Good luck RDL!’
‘Good luck to Ritchie, a very good professional who had some great games at the club, including the 5-3 win over Man Utd (THAT ball to Vardy) and the 4-1 home win over Derby. He will certainly do well I reckon, his pace is an asset getting up and down the line, good for overlaps. A move to the West Midlands in Aston Villa will be good for him.’
‘Shocking positioning and defensive sense but more than enough pace to cover himself. Bit like Jeff really. Easily good enough for a top six championship side, the right kind of signing for them.’
‘Great player for us and good servant to the club … times have moved on and I wish him all the best. Will shine for Villa.’
So there we have it. By and large positive reviews from the Leicester fans, and another impressive signing. Long may it continue.